Once the food coma wore off from Borough Market I needed to stretch my legs so I took the long walk across the city and headed to Harrods. I realize going there was like a tourist in NYC going to the Empire State Building but I had to experience it at least once and I was in town after all.
If you’ve ever been to Macy’s in Herald Square in Manhattan you can have an appreciation for the size and scale of what Harrods offers the eager shopper. However, Harrods is much much more than a place to shop. It is an entertainment experience that mixes shopping, art, architecture, food and culture into one enormous building. If Macy’s is the shopping equivalent of Coney Island then Harrods is Disney World.
Of course you can purchase all sorts of luxury items from high end designer clothes and shoes, perfumes, accessories and jewelry but you can also adorn your bedroom with exquisite sheets, duvets and blankets, outfit your bathroom with super plush towels, decorate with superb works of art and sculpture and collect equipment that would create any chef’s dream kitchen.
Since I enjoy home design I spent some time in the home goods department. The $100 jar candles were expensive but lusciously fragrant. I perused the 5 start deluxe designer duvets and sheets all with the highest thread counts and of course the highest cost! I realize that expensive doesn’t necessarily mean quality but I couldn’t help imagine having the means to design my NYC loft condo with some of these beautiful items.
Beyond shopping, Harrods also offers cultural experiences. As I walked from one department to another I crossed through a central connecting room from which emanated a rich perfumed smell one that I’ve never smelled before. I entered a large room which was a mini museum filled with art, objects and other collectibles from Qatar. On one side was an exquisite cafe. The far wall was decorated with a collection of shimmering coffee pots reflecting the light in all directions. I asked the server what that amazing smell was and I was informed it was Arabic coffee that they infuse with cardamom. I am not a coffee drinker but the smell was so intoxicating I am inclined to give it a try one day.
After I finished my window shopping I headed downstairs to check out the food. As in many of my previous posts, food is king! The food shop and food court at Harrods is unrivaled by any food court in any shopping mall I am convinced. The selection of cakes and pastries were endless. And for the low price of just under $2,000 USD you could be the proud owner of the largest chocolate Easter egg I’ve ever seen. Instead of Burger King and Sbarro that you’d expect in most American food courts, Harrods offers caviar and oysters, fresh roasted meats, and many other high end restaurant quality dishes.
It is definitely decadent, fancy and over the top but like Disney World, it is worth the visit at least once in your life!